In January 2017, RSBC merged with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB). Although we are now called RSBC, there may be some references to RLSB in the following article.
On Friday 19 October 1951, comedian, singer and actor George Formby took part in a show to raise funds for RLSB.
It was a special preview of Emile Littler’s Zip Goes a Million at the Palace Theatre in Cambridge Circus, London, in which Formby starred as Percy Piggot. The musical production was held to raise funds for services for blind people.
Formby was a major star of stage and screen in the 1930s and 1940s, and was well known for songs such as When I’m Cleaning Windows. He was even at one time the UK’s highest-paid entertainer.